Want to know how to clean a litter box in an apartment?
While it’s not much different than cleaning one in a larger house, there are a few small things to consider.
Read on for our step-by-step guide!
How to Clean a Litter Box in an Apartment
When you adopt a cat you are not only adopting their adorable antics, but you are also signing up for a completely new level of responsibility.
Before I first welcomed my sweet little furball into my home, little did I know the dread I had come to face when it is time to clean the dirty smelly litter box.
Moreover, since I want the best for my little vixen, I made sure to know everything about this topic.
Initially, you need to understand that a dirty box not only results in a stinky apartment but it will get your cat sick, and might even be a risk for your own health.
Here’s how to make sure you’re both healthy!
1- Wear gloves and a mask
The litter box contains harmful bacteria so wearing gloves and a mask is a necessity.
A cat’s litter often produces ammonia; therefore, a mask will prevent you from inhaling it.
In addition, the gloves create a barrier between you and the microscopic tenants.
In addition, it is better to recruit someone else for this task if you are pregnant.
2- Scoop the litter and empty the box
Scooping the cat’s litter must be done on a daily basis; however, emptying and cleaning the entire box can be done only once a week.
In addition, I highly suggest disposing of the cat’s business outside of the apartment and not in your kitchen or bathroom trash cans.
3- Washing the litter box
Once all the litter has been completely removed, the cleaning process begins.
Using mild, non-scented detergent and some hot water, scrub with either a sponge or a rag all the sides of the box.
Remember other harsher cleaning products may be harmful to your cat, so be cautious of what you use.
4- Deodorize the litter box
After you are done cleaning and drying it, I highly recommend deodorizing the litter box.
You can use either baking soda, charcoal briquettes or filters.
For baking soda, add a tablespoon or two to the box before putting in the litter.
As for charcoal briquettes and filters, you should make sure to place them under the litter in order to prevent your little angel from ingesting bits of them.
This will help in reducing the awful odor.
On the other hand, there are ways to get around the need to sanitize the box.
You can use Litter box liners as a barrier between the litter and the actual box so that you will not have to worry about cleaning it.
Moreover, you can purchase disposable litter boxes and replace the box with a new one every once a week.
Lastly, buying a self-cleaning litter box is also an option.
Cleaning the litter is a chore that every cat owner must endure; and since our little furry, adorable demons are definitely worth the trouble, it’s up to us to make sure that everything stays clean and sanitary as much as possible.